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Republicans still critical of Hochul, Democrats on crime

Jun 23, 2023 12:07 am

Nick Reisman at New York State of Politics reports that crime and public safety continue to be Republican campaign issues. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, said this week, "we're working on that, but we've made great strides." Really, Democrats have done two things on the crime issue recently. They made some changes to the bail laws, including a provision granting judges more discretion in setting bail in a wider array of cases. And legislators just passed the Clean Slate Act, that would seal an estimated two million criminal records. Hochul has not said yet whether she will sign that bill. But she seemed to hint she would saying, "This is driven by the business community at a time of great worker shortages, but we're going to have a lot of safeguards in place." Republicans, such as Assemblyperson Mike Reilly, said, "It seems like we give those who are criminals and those who are incarcerated more rights than the victims that they assault, that they murder." Read more about this story at New York State of Politics.

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